Orestes (Greek Tragedy in New Translations)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195096592
ISBN 13: 978-0195096590
Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, The Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the editorship of Herbert Golder and the late William Arrowsmith, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the plays.
Produced more frequently on the ancient stage than any other tragedy, Orestes retells with striking innovations the story of the young man who kills his mother to avenge her murder of his father. Though eventually exonerated, Orestes becomes a fugitive from the Furies (avenging spirits) of his mother's blood. On the brink of destruction, he is saved in the end by Apollo, who had commanded the matricide. Powerful and gripping, Orestes sweeps us along with a momentum that starting slowly, builds inevitably to one of the most spectacular climaxes in all Greek tragedy.
From Library Journal
Drawing on the material of the Orestia, Euripides's Orestes is a strange and disturbing play, condemning all of its heroes for their violence and criminality and culminating in one of the most wildly absurd deus ex machinas in Greek tragedy. The new translation by Jungian analyst Peck and Nisetich (Pindar & Homer, Johns Hopkins Univ. Pr., 1989) renders the play in a modern English version that attempts to capture the variety and intensity of the original verse while preserving the power of its poetry. Their efforts are a worthy successor to the earlier translation of the late William Arrowsmith. Part of a new series of translations of Greek tragedy, this volume includes an introduction, textual commentary, and glossary of mythical and geographical references. A valuable contribution for both the student and the general reader.
T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
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"This is an admirable translation and the introduction is most useful."--Philip O'Mara, Bridgewater College
"A valuable contribution for both the student and the general reader."--Library Journal
"The appearance of a new translation of Orestes is welcome....this new translation--equipped with an interesting introduction, a glossary, and notes--offers the possibility that more general readers will explore this curious yet compelling play."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review